In addition to the election of the country's next president, voters on Nov. 6 are being asked to register their opinions about numerous state and local ballot measures as well as candidates for offices including City Council and school board.
Civic groups will be hosting a variety of voter-education forums in the coming weeks, providing the electorate with opportunities to learn more about the people and issues they will be voting on. Here are some of the events:
Pros and Cons forum: school funding and propositions 30 and 38: Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2 p.m. at 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Sponsored by League of Women Voters Palo Alto.
Pros and Cons forum covering all state propositions: Monday, Oct. 8, 2 p.m. at 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters Palo Alto.
Pros and Cons forum covering all state propositions: Tuesday, Oct. 9, 7-8:30 p.m. at 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Sponsored by the Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid-peninsula.
Pros and Cons forum covering all state propositions: Wednesday, Oct. 10, 7 p.m. at 850 Webster St., Palo Alto.
Santa Clara County Board of Education: Trustee Area No. 1. Wednesday, Oct. 10, 7:45-9 p.m., at 1701 Rock Ave., Mountain View. Trustee Area No. 1 encompasses Palo Alto, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View and Sunnyvale per the new boundaries created by the 2010 census. Sponsored by League of Women Voters Los Altos/Mountain View and Crittenden Middle School PTA. Co-sponsored by League of Women Voters Palo Alto and League of Women Voters Cupertino-Sunnyvale.
State Assembly and State Senate: Wednesday, Oct.17, 7-9 p.m., at 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park. Co-sponsored with League of Women Voters South San Mateo County.
Election Day: presidential, state legislature and county final elections. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. More information is available at www.smartvoter.org.